Same-Sex Parents: Custody And Adoption

Adoption is a wonderful way for same-sex couples to have children and build a family together. However, there are critical legal issues that must be properly addressed for an adoption to be successful both in the short and long term.

In Williamsville, New York, and Greater Buffalo area, you can turn to the law office of Keith B. Schulefand, Esq., for skilled representation. Our founding attorney has been resolving family law issues for more than 25 years and has extensive experience helping gay and lesbian couples.

The Adoption Process

A number of issues must be addressed such as:

  • Will it be a closed or open adoption?
  • Will you be adopting domestically or from overseas?
  • Are the birth parents known? If so, have they relinquished their rights?

We can help you address all of these issues and make sure that all adoption contracts are drafted in a way that protects your interests and grants the parental rights you are seeking. Taking appropriate legal action now can reduce the chances of unwelcome surprises down the road.

In The Event Of Divorce

No one likes to think about divorce, and no one thinks they will ever get divorced until they are confronted with it. So, what will happen to your adopted children in the event you are divorced?

If you divorce, there will be no differences in the legal process when compared to an opposite-sex divorce. You will need to come to an agreement on shared child custody. If you are unable to do so, the issue will be decided by a judge who will be tasked with finding a solution that is in your child's best interest. In almost all cases, this will result in joint legal and physical custody.

Let Us Help You

Whether you are looking to adopt a child or need to resolve child custody during a divorce, you need a knowledgeable lawyer. Contact us today to schedule a free phone consultation so we can help you find a solution that works for you.